The Senior Program

Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

Recent projects in psychology include:

  • “Dear God, Why Me?”: Personality, Religious/Spiritual Struggles, and Well-being in a Jewish Population
  • Stereotypes and Bail Hearings
  • White Privilege Perceptions Following an Ego Threat: Comparing Self-Affirmation and Self-Compassion as Protective Factors
  • Does Targeting Pluralistic Ignorance Reduce Loneliness by Decreasing the Pressure to Hide Negative Emotions from Others?
  • Impact of Mental Illness Mitigating Evidence on Blame Attribution and Sentencing Endorsements
  • The Relationship Between Self-Reflection and Social Problem-Solving
  • Can Video Games Help Us Keep Going?
  • The Relationship Between Attending a Strict Religious Faith-Based School and Worsening Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Early Adolescents
  • The Straw that Broke the Friendship’s Back: How Gender Impacts Friendship Breakups
  • For the Love of Subtitles! Inattention and Digital Media
  • The Power of Play: How Play Impacts Well-being in Adulthood
  • Time Flies When You’re With Your Pet? The Role of Pets in Affective Time Estimation
  • Is Higher Education Liberal Propaganda? The Relationship Between College Major and Political Affiliation
  • MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: The Role of Music Selection
  • Art Therapy for Autism: Is There a Better Age to Start?
  • With a Little Help From My Friend: The Effect of the Presence of a Close Friend on Positive Risk-Taking
  • Problem-Solving Strategies in Middle Childhood: Employing Self-Talk to Narrate a Growth Mindset
  • “Put me in, Coach”: How Coaching Style Impacts Performance Outcomes
  • Investigating Correlates of PTSD and Depression After Unwanted Sexual Contact: Victim-Blame, Self-Blame, and Rape Myth Acceptance
  • Missed Autism Diagnosis? The Role of Sex, Gender Identity, and Camouflaging
  • Collectivism or Individualism: Which Is Stronger When Resources Are Scarce?
  • Examining the Role of Learning in Emotion Regulation
  • Athletic Participation as Protection? Understanding the Relationship Between Sport Type and Eating Disorders in Females
  • The Effect of Race and Symptomatology on Patient Believability
  • Cumulative Risk and Parent Stress on Child Emotion Regulation: Can Pretend Play Serve as a Protective Factor?
  • What’s Mine Is Yours
  • The Social Disgust: Reported Disgust Mediates Perceived Observation and Blame
  • Start Simple: The Use of Scaffolded Learning in A Complex Spatial Localization Task


Department Name

Psychology Department

Contact Name

Tara McKee, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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